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Natick’s Library on Wheels!

Morse Institute Library Bookmobile

The Morse Institute Library Bookmobile allows us to bring the library to those who might not be able to visit our historic building. Since the Bookmobile first started providing service to homebound seniors over 65 years ago, our outreach to the community has grown. The Bookmobile now visits senior housing, assisted living, nursing and rehab facilities.

During the summer, the Bookmobile visits neighborhoods and community celebrations like the Family Night on the Common. Through the Bookmobile, we are able to provide access to library materials to streets across Natick, including the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center. Check out our online calendar to see when the Bookmobile will be in your neighborhood, and don’t forget to stop by and introduce yourself to Rose Huling, Bookmobile Librarian. Rose really is working to put a book in the hands of everyone in Natick!


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Help Create the Future of the Library!

Mother and child reading a bookHow do you think the library should grow in the next five years? We’re excited to be working on our strategic planning process but we need your help! If you would please fill out our strategic planning survey, and tell us how we can best serve you in the coming years!

If you’d like to know more about how you can be a part of the future of the library, please contact community relations coordinator Anna Litten at 508-647-6524 or .

Complete our strategic planning survey here!

Celebrate Spring with the May Baskets Raffle

Tutor and student with Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts at the Morse Institute LibraryLiteracy Unlimited-Natick provides tutoring and classes for new immigrants and others looking to improve their English language fluency. This month, support the work of this great program by entering the May Baskets Raffle.

Twenty-two baskets cover themes ranging from “Metrowest History and Culture” to “Dinner and a Show.” Tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10, and are available at the Morse Institute Library, the Bacon Free Library, and the McAullife Branch of the Framingham Public Library. See the full list of baskets at framinghamlibrary.org/maybaskets.htm.


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Get Free Audiobooks with SYNC!

teen listening to audiobooksAudiobookSYNC 2016 has launched! SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13 and up. Running May 5th through August 17th 2016, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – a total of 30 titles – based on weekly themes. These audiobooks are yours to keep, so be sure to sign up for alerts when new titles are available!

The second week of AudiobookSYNC features titles that highlight prisoners in fantasy and fact. First is The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, the first in a new and popular fantasy series. Paired with it is Divine Collision by Jim Gash, a true-life account by an attorney who played a significant role in changing the destiny of a young man a world away from the author’s home. Hear a preview of the books below:

These titles are only available until Thursday, May 19 so hurry over and get your free download!

Enjoy a summer of free audiobook downloads that are yours to keep for year-round listening at www.audiobooksync.com!


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Creating a Space for Children on the Spectrum

We are grateful for a long-standing partnership between the Autism Alliance and the Flutie Foundation. Left to right - Lisa Borges (DFJF), Kelly Gryglewicz (AAMW), Allison Daigle (AAMW), Pam McKillop (AAMW) and Lisa Collins (DFJF)

We are grateful for a long-standing partnership between the Autism Alliance and the Flutie Foundation. Left to right – Lisa Borges (DFJF), Kelly Gryglewicz (AAMW), Allison Daigle (AAMW), Pam McKillop (AAMW) and Lisa Collins (DFJF)

The newly re-dedicated Dougie’s Corner in the Morse Institute Library will make the library a more comfortable destination for children on the autism spectrum and their families.

Dougie’s Corner originally opened in the library in 1997 when a gift from the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism helped us create a resource center for information on spectrum disorders. As time passed, the handouts and fliers of Dougie’s Corner became less important as more information migrated to the web. With support from the Flutie Foundation and the Autism Alliance of MetroWest, a program of Advocates, library staff created a new Dougie’s Corner that better meets the needs of children on the spectrum and their families and caregivers.

Now located in the children’s room, Dougie’s Corner includes a chair donated by the Autism Alliance to honor the memory of Doug Flutie’s parents, Dick and Joan Flutie. Families will find this comfortable seating area easier to manage with children. Library staff partnered with the Autism Alliance to create three separate resource guides. Guides for children, parents and grandparents, and caregivers, point library users to the best spectrum disorder resources in the library and online.

We hope to see many people using this newly dedicated space in the library!


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Create Your Own 3D Designs

Corinne Kennedy, intern from MassBay Community CollegeOur new partnership with MassBay Community College has brought an intern into the library. Corinne Kennedy, a student in the TRANSFORM program for Advanced Manufacturing at MassBay, is here to assist with designing and creating your own projects using computer aided design tools and produce these designs on our 3D printer.

“Advanced manufacturing aligns with the library’s goals to offer Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) tools for our community,” said User Experience Librarian Dave Bartos. “By facilitating hands-on learning with patrons of all ages, Corinne will expand learning opportunities, allowing all of Natick to make something new.” Drop in to the Innovation Studio Thursdays from 6-8pm and Saturdays from 11am-1pm to learn about 3D printing and see what you can make!

Learn more about 3D Printing and start your own designs at morseinstitute.org/3d.


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Telling the Stories of Area Veterans

Ed Jolley, president of the Natick Veterans Council (since deceased); Gerald Halterman,  Pearl Harbor survivor; Paul Carew,  Natick Veterans Services officer. Under the leadership of Natick resident Maureen Sullivan, the Natick Veterans Oral History Project has been interviewing local veterans since 1998. Maureen works with veterans to help them share their real stories of service: some funny, some poignant, and all important. Via the project‘s website, www.natickvets.org, researchers and the curious from around the world can view and hear local residents tell the stories of their service in the armed forces.

The project has recorded almost 300 interviews and continues to grow. Starting April 22 we will be partnering with the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital (also known as the Bedford VA Medical Center) to interview veterans at that facility and share their stories with our community and the world. If you would like to contribute to the project email .

Here are a couple of interviews for you to check out. First is Gerald Halterman (pictured above), a survivor of the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack. Halterman transmitted the first radio message about the attack. He was awarded the Pearl Harbor Medal. During his interview, Halterman recalls that day in great detail: the noise, the smoke and the oil-soaked sailors.

Eugene Dugdale is a WWII U.S. Navy veteran whose suggestion led to the establishment of the Project. Here he discusses his experiences in the Battle of Iwo Jima.


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Artists & Exhibits: April 2016

IMG_1718Through the Eyes of Budding Artists: Works by the art students of Teresa Higgins

Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level

Children and teens in grades 3-12 who attend home studio art workshops with Natick artist Teresa Higgins will be displaying their works in the library during the month of April. Some of the students have been attending these workshops for years, while others have just completed their first eight week session. Their works are in a variety of mediums including pastels, oils, pencil, acrylic, charcoal, colored pencils, and water colors. The works are created from life as well as from photos. Landscapes, portraits, and still lives are included.


Jan Murray fine art photographs on display April 2016 at the Morse Institute LibraryJan Murray: Fine Art Photographs

Right Gallery, first floor

Local artist Jan Murray will be showing landscapes and nature photos.


IMG_1726Tod Dimmick: Photography

Virtual Gallery, first floor

Tod Dimmick is drawn to water, nature, and unusual lighting. His goal is to find a perspective that inspires viewers to “wish they were there.”


Vines by the Sound & Spirit Choir. Now on display at the Morse Institute LibrarySound & Spirit Choir: Vines, Upcycled Materials

Atrium Stairwell

The Sound & Spirit Choir of Natick created the installation “Vines” using upcycled materials to represent their collective inter-generational commitment to preserving our beautiful planet.


The Passenger Pigeon

The Passenger Pigeon: From Extinction to Environmentalism

Historical Exhibit Case, First Floor

A collaboration between the Natick Historical Society and the library, this exhibit tells the story of the decline and extinction of the passenger pigeon, as well as lessons learned about protecting wildlife.


Portraits from the Legacy of Service Collection

WWII Photos, first floor; Vietnam Era Photos, second floor

Photos collected by the Morse Institute Library, Legacy of Service Exhibit, Natick Veterans Oral History Project, and photos donated by local families.


Poets and Poetry in Natick

April wouldn’t be the same in Natick without poetry. Join us for a variety of poetry events to celebrate National Poetry Month and let’s see Natick get poetic in April!

Poetry Slam 2016: Thursday, April 28 at 7:00pm, The Center for Arts in Natick

Poetry Slam 2015Join us for the 8th annual Poetry Slam 2016 with Slam Master Geof Hewitt. A poetry slam is a competitive event where local poets perform their own work and are judged by the audience. The event will be held at The Center for Arts in Natick, located at 14 Summer Street, Natick, MA [map] and admission is free!

No registration is required to join us in the audience! If you would like to come on stage and perform your own poetry, keep reading…

Who can slam?

If you’re ready to stand in front of an audience and read your original work, you can slam.

The rules!

  • Poets should arrive at 6:45 pm to register.
  • Poets should bring two original poems that can be performed in 3 minutes or less.
  • This program is for all ages with two age levels of competition:
    • Dr. Seuss, age 14 and under
    • The Dickenson, ages 15 and older
  • Poems must be appropriate for all ages.

For more info, contact Karen Perkins at 508-647-6520 or email . This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library


Past Events
Alan Feldman and Jeffrey HarrisonPoets Read: Saturday, April 9, 10:30am-12:00pm, Community Room
Kick off the weekend listening to two renowned local poets reading their work:

  • Jeffrey Harrison: Dover author of five books of poetry, most recently Into Daylight (2014), selected as a Must Read by Mass Center for the Book.
  • Alan Feldman: Framingham author of Immortality (2015) and several previous collections. His poem “The Terrible Memory” is included in this year’s Common Threads.

Common Threads: Saturday, April 9, 2:30-4:30pm, Lebowitz Meeting Hall
Join local poet Dianne Silvestri to read and discuss 7 poems by Massachusetts poets selected for the 2016 Common Threads by the Massachusetts Poetry Society, followed by a “free write” exercise. Delve deeper into poetry! See www.masspoetry.org/commonthreads for a head start.

Poetry Writing Workshops: Sunday, April 10, 2:00-5:00pm, Community Room
Learn more about poetry with guidance from local poets.

“Madness and Focus in Poetry: Obsessions of the Poet” with Andrew Green: 2:15-3:00pm
Andy is founder of Potato Hill Poetry, dedicated to “spreading the good word of poetry” in schools nationally, and directs a Natick summer creative writing program for area children.

“Nature’s Hidden Secrets: A Haiku Workshop” with Raffael de Gruttola: 3:00-3:45pm
Raffael is a poet, writer of haiku since 1979, and winner of the First (2009) Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku contest in Japan.

“Some Ways to Read a Poem” with Molly Saccardo: 4:00-4:45pm
Molly is a poet, teacher and host to Natick’s Gallery 55’s Third Thursday Poetry Series.


Thank You Very MOch!

MutualOne Bank Charitable Foundation community grantThe Morse Institute Library is honored to be awarded with two generous gifts from MutualOne Bank! A community grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation awarded $3,000 to the Children’s Room for new technology. These funds will go towards Launchpads, preloaded tablets for children with themed apps for kids, as well as audiobooks and other resources that will use technology to achieve educational goals.

The library is also a recipient of MutualOne’s Checking for Charity program. With every new personal or business checking account, MutualOne donates $10 to Checking for Charity causes. The Morse Institute Library and the Framingham Public Library were selected for this program in 2015. The Morse Institute is receiving $3,800 from this great community program!

If you’d like to join MutualOne in supporting the library, contact Anna Litten at or 508-647-6524.


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